(CBS Radio) — We’ve all been told countless times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but are some of our breakfast choices worse than eating a candy bar?
Indeed. Many “on the go” breakfasts contain just as much sugar, if not more sugar than a candy bar.
– Have you ever wondered how healthy breakfast bars really are? Well, many breakfast bars contain around the same amount of sugar as a candy bar. Enough said.
– If you think yogurt is a healthy breakfast, you might want to reconsider. There are a plethora of healthy yogurt options, such as Greek yogurt. However, many brands of yogurt, especially yogurt that has fruit on the bottom, has an extremely high sugar content — making it more unhealthy for you than a candy bar.
– Your morning smoothie may taste delicious, but unless you have prepared it yourself with fresh fruits, you may be consuming the equivalent to three or four candy bars. Many of the prepared smoothies available for purchase at Smoothie shops or fast food chains contain artificial sweeteners and syrups that are downright unhealthy.
– You can tell just by looking at many boxes of cereal that they are full of sugar. Any kind of cereal that is frosted, contains marshmallows, cookies, etc., is probably higher in sugar than a candy bar.
– You’re about to reach for a muffin because muffins are healthy, right? Well…it depends. Many muffins have around the same amount of sugar as a candy bar. In fact, many muffins have more calories and sugar than even a doughnut.
The best way to determine the amount of sugar you are consuming or how “healthy” your breakfast really is, is to check the nutrition label on the back of the food that you purchase at the grocery store. Additionally, you can obtain the nutritional information of most foods sold at restaurants or fast-food chains by searching online, or by asking the restaurant/fast-food chain directly.